For England and St George

Wallington's St George's Day celebrations.
Wallington's St George's Day celebrations.

PEOPLE of all ages can earn their spurs at Wallington this weekend.

The attraction is inviting families to get in the slaying spirit on Good Friday and Easter Saturday to celebrate England’s patron saint, St George.

Dragon-hunting in Wallington’s woods, shield painting, the chance to try on helmets and chain mail, as well as the opportunity to enrol at Knight School and experience some combat action, are just some of the thrills promised.

And overseeing the festivities will be St George in shining armour.

This is the second year Wallington has rolled out the red and white carpet for St George’s Day, which has been celebrated on April 23 since 1222.

Events Manager Julie Tucker said: “St George’s Day is England’s day and we shouldn’t be afraid to celebrate it.

“The Scots actively celebrate St Andrew’s Day, the Welsh St David’s and the Irish St Patrick’s, and here at Wallington we feel it is time the English again started celebrating the feast of St George.”

She added that Wallington has more reasons than most to court St George, for the estate, which lies on the banks of the River Wansbeck, is home to four fearsome dragons heads.

The fun continues on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday when Wallington holds an Easter Eggstravaganza with a Cadbury’s children’s trail, craft activities, face painting and traditional games and races.

The St George’s Day event will take place between 11am and 4pm on both days. The dragon trail and Knight School will cost £2 each in addition to the normal admission charge, and the shield painting £4. Dress for mess.

The Cadbury’s Easter trail part of Easter Eggstravaganza will cost £2 in addition to the normal admission price.

For more information about the events, telephone 01670 773600.